Heavy Police And Fire Activity Spotted On Ortega Highway

Three incidents warrant heavy activity Tuesday.

The Ortega Highway was busy Tuesday morning as police and fire tackled three separate incidents.

The first incident is a controlled burn at the Orange County/Riverside County line in the Cleveland National Forest that began around 8 a.m., according to Gordon Martin, Division Chief of the U.S. Forest Service’s Trabuco Ranger District Office.

The fire is expected to burn about 20 acres through 2 p.m. Tuesday, Martin said.

There are no further controlled burns expected in the forest this week, although future burns are likely through the spring months, Martin said.

As far as scheduling the prescribed fires, Martin said, “it’s hard to say. It all depends on the weather.”

In addition to the burn, police activity that started in Orange County Tuesday also made its way across the county line on the Ortega.

According to Deputy Albert Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a police pursuit began at 10:05 a.m. in Orange County. Police are looking for suspects in a 1990s Lincoln Town Car. At press time, there were no further details available. (CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY UPDATE)

Additionally, authorities are continuing a search in the Cleveland National Forest for a man and woman who got lost while hiking in Trabuco Canyon, the Orange County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.

Costa Mesa residents Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, called for help from a cell phone around 8:25 p.m. Sunday. Soon after calling, their phone battery died.

The hikers believed they were about one mile from their vehicle, but deputies failed to find them during an initial foot search, authorities reported.

The search continues with deputies, a sheriff's helicopter and bloodhound currently at the scene.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cendoya and Jack are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000.

Arthur Spooner April 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I sure hope those kids are ok.
One Voice April 02, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Not sure why they would be looking for these hikers on the Ortega when they were hiking in the Saddleback Mtn. range?? I hope they are found safe and sound.
Nancy April 02, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Dear Father God: I pray in Jesus Holy Name that you help the people find them safe and sound. Amen
spike April 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
So what happen with the police chase? The Town-car followed by 15 or so police vehicles passed my wife and I this morning.
dick weed April 03, 2013 at 02:10 PM
i guess its a secret or somthing, seems we never get the hole truth or follow up ?
Toni McAllister (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Here is the follow-up on that story ... http://patch.com/A-3wgq


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